On the Wings of War by Hailey Turner: The Soulbound series keeps getting better with each book. This installment takes us to London and Paris with some tense moments and exciting scenes. I love how all the relationships in the book are deepening, especially, of course, Patrick and Jono's. I kind of saw the twist at the end coming, but that didn't lessen the impact, and now I really, really need the next book!
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: More lesbian necromancers in space! Though that is certainly a simplistic description of this book, not inaccurate...just, there's so much going on here. It's an incredibly complex piece of storytelling, and you should definitely not jump in here without reading the previous book, Gideon the Ninth, first. But Gideon is excellent as well, so that's no hardship. In any case, I loved the deepening world building and the twisty-ness of storytelling and getting to know new characters and old. I'm very much looking forward to book three.
Smash & Grab by Maz Maddox: Okay, this book is fun. The concept is fun—dinosaur shifters! The road-trip/on the run plot is fun. Dalton is delightfully goofy, and Simon is super sweet, and though the romance was quick, they're very cute together. I'll check out more in this series when they're released.
Finch by Piper Scott and Virginia Kelly: After many mentions of Hugh throughout the Forbidden Desires series, we finally get his story, and it's a very sweet one. Hugh was pretty clueless at times, and Finch seemed to have his head stuck in the sand, but they found an adorable happily ever after. I enjoy this dragon shifter series so much, and I can't wait for more.
The Ghost of Ellwood and The Curse of Redwood by Jaclyn Osborn: As Halloween approached, I was in the mood for ghost books, but since I'm not into anything really scary, these ghost romances fit. Both have some spooky moments and both feature romances between a ghost and a living person...and both have HEAs, of course. I had a few little niggles (including getting a little annoyed at the end of book two that the author hadn't given the couple from book one the same type of HEA because they absolutely deserved it...but I don't want to spoil anything), but I enjoyed both books and will probably read more in the series when it comes out.
The Spectral Files series by SE Harmon: More ghosts! Though no romances with ghosts this time. These books are about a reluctant medium/FBI profiler, who has no idea how to control his abilities at the beginning (and thinks he might be mentally ill), and the cold case detective he used to have a relationship with. So, lots of ghosts, mystery-solving, and a second chance romance. Again, I had some niggles, including some continuity errors that confused me, but I enjoyed the three books overall.
The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox: More ghosts, and also witches (or one witch at least, not that she knows it at first). This book has been on my Kindle for a while, and I hadn't gotten to it...for some reason. A couple days before Halloween, it seemed like the perfect read for the season, and it was. This is a gothic with an excellent blend of spookiness, suspense, drama, and romance.
Did you read and love anything in October?